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Cardiac anaesthesia

Neil D Patel, Patrick M Sullivan, Cheryl M Takao, Sarah Badran, Joseph Ahdoot, Frank F Ing
BACKGROUND: One indication for intervention in coarctation of the aorta is a peak-to-peak gradient >20 mmHg. Gradients may be masked in patients under general anaesthesia and may be higher during exercise. Isoproterenol was given during cardiac catheterisation to simulate a more active physiologic state. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to describe the haemodynamic effects of isoproterenol in patients with coarctation and the impact of intervention on the elicited gradients...
March 14, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Hermann Blessberger, Juergen Kammler, Hans Domanovits, Oliver Schlager, Brigitte Wildner, Danyel Azar, Martin Schillinger, Franz Wiesbauer, Clemens Steinwender
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have yielded conflicting results regarding the ability of beta-blockers to influence perioperative cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Thus routine prescription of these drugs in unselected patients remains a controversial issue. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to systematically analyse the effects of perioperatively administered beta-blockers for prevention of surgery-related mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing any type of surgery while under general anaesthesia...
March 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
A Pym, E Ben-Menachem
Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a common and distressing problem for patients and increases the burden of care in post-anaesthesia care units (PACU). As such it has been a recent focus for quality improvement. Evidence-based guidelines have demonstrated the benefit of PONV risk stratification and prophylaxis, but may be underutilised in clinical practice. This prospective pre-/post-intervention study was conducted at an adult tertiary hospital in non-cardiac adult surgical patients at higher-risk of PONV...
March 2018: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Angela Briganti, Flavia Evangelista, Paola Centonze, Annaliso Rizzo, Francesco Bentivegna, Antonio Crovace, Francesco Staffieri
BACKGROUND: Haemodynamic variations normally occur in anaesthetized animals, in relation to the animal status, administered drugs, sympathetic and parasympathetic tone, fluid therapy and surgical stimulus. The possibility to measure some cardiovascular parameters, such as cardiac output (CO), during anaesthesia would be beneficial for both the anaesthesia management and its outcome. New techniques for the monitoring of CO are aimed at finding methods which are non invasive, accurate and with good trending ability, which can be used in a clinical setting...
March 6, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Luca Luzzi, Federico Franchi, Annarita Dapoto, Marco Ghisalberti, Roberto Corzani, Daniele Marrelli, Luca Marchetti, Piero Paladini, Sabino Scolletta
Background: In the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma the Hyperthermic Intra THOracic Chemotherapy (HITHOC) can improve the efficacy of pleurectomy and decortication with a local cytotoxic effect. However its biological impact in patient's hemodynamic and microcirculatory changes were rarely investigated. Aim of this study is to describe our experience with HITHOC after pleurectomy and decortication evaluating the role of sublingual video-microscopy in assessing the microcirculatory changes in the perioperative period...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
R Komatsu, J You, S Rajan, Y Kasuya, D I Sessler, A Turan
BACKGROUND: We tested the primary hypothesis that corticosteroid administration after etomidate exposure reduces a composite of in-hospital mortality and cardiovascular morbidity after non-cardiac surgery. METHODS: We evaluated ASA physical status III and IV patients who had non-cardiac surgery with general anaesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic. Amongst 4275 patients in whom anaesthesia was induced with etomidate, 804 were also given steroid intraoperatively, mostly dexamethasone at a median dose of 6 mg...
March 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Bruna Bolzan, Martina Morosato, Domenico Caponi, Luca Tomasi, Giuseppe Silvestre, Giovanni Morani
OBJECTIVES: Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators have become more common in younger individuals, owing to broader indications and technological advances. Our goal was to report our long-term experience of implanting cardiac devices in young adults via a subaxillary approach with a hidden single incision, to minimize the aesthetic impact of the device. METHODS: From 2003 to 2012, 23 patients underwent cardiac device implantation via a subaxillary approach while they were under general anaesthesia...
February 1, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
G Dewinter, W Staelens, E Veef, A Teunkens, M Van de Velde, S Rex
BACKGROUND: Poor adherence to guidelines aimed at reducing the incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is well known. In a before-and-after study, we tested the effectiveness of a simplified algorithm for PONV prophylaxis on the incidence of PONV. METHODS: In the first audit, we examined the adherence to our institutional guidelines for PONV prevention. In response to the results of this audit, we introduced a simplified algorithm for PONV prevention [female patients receiving triple prophylaxis (dexamethasone and ondansetron plus either a target-controlled infusion with propofol or droperidol) and male patients receiving double prophylaxis, dexamethasone, and ondansetron]...
January 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Martin K Walz, Laura D Iova, Judith Deimel, Hartmut P H Neumann, Birke Bausch, Stefan Zschiedrich, Harald Groeben, Pier F Alesina
BACKGROUND: Pheochromocytomas (PH) and paragangliomas (PGL) are rare tumours in children accounting for about 1% of the paediatric hypertension. While minimally invasive surgical techniques are well established in adult patients with PH, the experience in children is extremely limited. To the best of our knowledge, we herewith present the largest series of young patients operated on chromaffin tumours by minimally invasive access. MATERIALS: In the setting of a prospective study (1/2001-12/2016), 42 consecutive children and adolescents (33 m, 9 f) were operated on...
February 1, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Xingyu Wang, Roumen Parapanov, Cyril Francioli, Jean Yannis Perentes, Igor Letovanec, Michel Gonzalez, Christian Kern, Hans-Beat Ris, Lise Piquilloud, Carlo Marcucci, Thorsten Krueger, Lucas Liaudet, Fabrizio Gronchi
OBJECTIVES: Volatile anaesthetics can provide significant protection against reperfusion injury in various experimental settings. The aim of this study was to assess the potential of sevoflurane treatment, the most commonly used volatile anaesthetic in modern anaesthesia, in rat lungs donated after circulatory death and reconditioned in an ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) system. METHODS: Fifteen rats were sacrificed and divided into 3 groups. In the control and sevoflurane groups, the heart-lung blocks were exposed to 1 h of warm ischaemia and 2 h of cold ischaemia and were mounted on an EVLP circuit for 3 h, in the absence or in the presence of 2% sevoflurane...
January 24, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Hyung-Chul Lee, Chul-Woo Jung
The current anaesthesia information management system (AIMS) has limited capability for the acquisition of high-quality vital signs data. We have developed a Vital Recorder program to overcome the disadvantages of AIMS and to support research. Physiological data of surgical patients were collected from 10 operating rooms using the Vital Recorder. The basic equipment used were a patient monitor, the anaesthesia machine, and the bispectral index (BIS) monitor. Infusion pumps, cardiac output monitors, regional oximeter, and rapid infusion device were added as required...
January 24, 2018: Scientific Reports
Manuel Marques-Ferreira, Eunice Carrilho, Siri Paulo, Teresa Carrilho, José Pedro Figueiredo, Ricardo Macedo
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to compare the analgesic efficacy and the influence of local infiltrative anesthesia techniques, with diploe anesthesia, on the cardiac rhythmMaterial and Methods: We selected 32 healthy volunteers who were given both anaesthetic techniques on tooth 1.4 (0.45 mL of lidocaine with adrenaline, 1:80 000). In the first phase, the volunteers underwent periapical infiltrative anaesthesia. In the second phase, diploe anaesthesia was performed with a QuickSleeper® device...
December 29, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
Andrie C Westerkamp, A Fred de Geus, Bouwe Molenbuur, Peter Meyer, J K Götz Wietasch, Michel M R F Struys, Herman G D Hendriks
BACKGROUND: Comparisons of peri-operative complications associated with paediatric (≤16 years) and adult anaesthesia are poorly available, especially in which cardiac surgery, organ transplantation and neurosurgery are involved. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the nature and incidence of peri-operative complications that might be due to anaesthesia and to identify independent risk factors for complications in children and adults, including those undergoing cardiac surgery, organ transplantation and neurosurgery...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Harold Ellis
Over many centuries, wounds of the heart were thought to be fatal. With the introduction of first anaesthesia and then antiseptic surgery in the second half of the 19th century, there was an explosion in surgery; the abdominal cavity, the chest, the skull were explored and operated upon and yet the heart was considered to be a 'no go' region of the body. One of the greatest and most innovative surgeons of that time, Theodor Billroth of Vienna, who must be considered one of the fathers of modern surgery, with pioneering work on many parts of the body, wrote: 'The surgeon who attempts to suture a wound of the heart should lose the respect of his colleagues'...
November 2017: Journal of Perioperative Practice
Mark Twite, Wanda Miller-Hance
The seventh meeting of the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery was an opportunity for healthcare professionals from around the world to meet and discuss current issues affecting patients with acquired and CHD. A dedicated anaesthesia track facilitated the exchange of ideas and fostered many new friendships. This review highlights the congenital cardiac anaesthesia track and the involvement of the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society in the congress.
December 2017: Cardiology in the Young
Peter C Laussen
Cardiac anesthesia and critical care provide an important continuum of care for patients with congenital heart disease. Clinicians in both areas work in complex environments in which the interactions between humans and technology is critical. Understanding our contributions to outcomes (modifiable risk) and our ability to perceive and predict an evolving clinical state (low failure-to-predict rate) are important performance metrics. Improved methods for capturing continuous physiologic signals will allow for new and interactive approaches to data visualization, and for sophisticated and iterative data modeling that will help define a patient's phenotype and response to treatment (precision physiology)...
December 2017: Cardiology in the Young
Zarbo Cristina, Brivio Michela, Brugnera Agostino, Malandrino Chiara, Trezzi Gaetano, Rabboni Massimo, Bondi Emi, Compare Angelo, Frigerio Luigi
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative cognitive decline (POCD) is known to occur quite frequently after a cardiac surgery, especially in older population. Few studies specifically focused on its incidence and characteristics in gynecological setting. METHODS: Current opinions and future applications of POCD studies in gynecological setting have been discussed. RESULT: There are still many questions and issues about POCD in gynecological setting that remain unanswered as well as numerous research fields that have not been still explored...
December 19, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
J Lucena Delgado, P Sanabria Carretero, P Durán la Fuente, A Gónzalez Rocafort, L Castro Parga, F Reinoso Barbero
Williams-Beuren syndrome is the clinical manifestation of a congenital genetic disorder in the elastin gene, among others. There is a history of cardiac arrest refractory to resuscitation manoeuvres in anaesthesia. The incidence of myocardial ischaemia is high during anaesthetic induction, but there are patients who do not have this condition yet also have had very serious cardiac events, and issues that are still to be resolved. Case descriptions will enable the common pathophysiological factors to be defined, and decrease morbidity and mortality...
December 12, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Nicolaas H Sperna Weiland, Jim W de Wever, Yoni van Duivenvoorde, Christa Boer, Ludmil Mitrev, Muhammad Muntazar, Kinjal Patel, Markus W Hollmann, Benedikt Preckel
BACKGROUND: The ccNexfin system uses the CO-trek algorithm to analyse a non-invasively obtained arterial pressure waveform and calculate cardiac output (NEXCO). It remains matter of debate whether NEXCO can replace invasive, pulmonary artery catheter derived, cold-bolus pulmonary thermodilution cardiac output measurement (PACCO). This study aimed at testing NEXCO-PACCO agreement in a large sample size, multi-centre study. We hypothesized that agreement between NEXCO and PACCO would be demonstrated by a mean accuracy (bias) < 0...
December 13, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
Peter Magnusson, Stellan Mörner
INTRODUCTION: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a heterogeneous disease associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD) mainly due to ventricular tachycardia (VT) or fibrillation even though life-threatening bradycardia occurs. Risk stratification takes several variables into consideration including non-sustained VT (NSVT). An implantable cardioverter defibrillator effectively prevents SCD.Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common among patients with HCM and warrants anticoagulation even without conventional risk factors according to European guidelines...
December 12, 2017: BMJ Open
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